Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alexander Skarsgard is set to play the villain Randall Flagg in CBS All Access’ upcoming series adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand”. In addition, Whoopi Goldberg has completed negotiations and officially joined the cast as Mother Abagail.
James Marsden will play Stu Redman, a Texan who is the first man discovered to be immune to the Captain Trips virus that has ravaged the planet. He eventually becomes a leader in a community known as the Free Zone and is tasked with confronting the evil Randall Flagg (Skarsgard).
Amber Heard is Nadine Cross, a private school teacher and a virgin who believes she has a unique destiny to be by Flagg’s side. Goldberg is Mother Abagail, who is immune to the superflu and leads the ‘good’ survivors of the plague toward Boulder, Colorado. She also claims to be a prophet of God.
Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear is Glen Bateman, an arthritis-afflicted professor who joins Stu on his journey to meet Mother Abagail. Odessa Young is Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant woman who leaves her devastated community with a man named Harold Lauder (Owen Teague), but ends up falling in love with Stu.
Henry Zaga is Nick Andros, a young, deaf-mute grifter. Jovan Adepo is Larry Underwood, a young musician with a taste for fame and illegal substances. Brad William Henke is Tom Cullen, Andros’ travelling companion and a sweet but developmentally challenged man. Daniel Sunjata is Cobb, a military man charged with supervising Stu.
The project hails from writers Josh Boone and Ben Cavell with Boone set to direct. Boone, Roy Lee, Jimmy Miller, Richard P. Rubinstein, and Cavell will executive produce.
King wrote the tenth and final episode of the series which will reportedly include a new ‘coda’ to the story that wasn’t part of the author’s novel.